Over 100 children will soon be saying… Ready… set… let’s go. It’s the 2nd annual kids triathlon that’ll be held Sunday, September 8th on the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s campus… an event that’s gained 50% more participants than last year.
Race Director Jonathan Kelley says, “A lot of kids have seen what triathlon is last year, and saw that they could swim, bike, and run themselves, and do it with their peers, and have their friends and family cheering them on the whole time.”
The youth triathlon will consist of swimming, biking, and running various distances. Kelley says it’s a great event for county kids to take part in, saying, “What they end up doing is gaining confidence, gaining an understanding of the sport, and really challenging themselves to push themselves past the limit they have for themselves.”
While Sunday will be a day to celebrate more than 100 young tri athletes, participants will also be recognizing 10-year-old Zachery Gagnon of Caribou. He’s a little boy unable to compete in this year’s event after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. As a result, Kelley has formed a fundraiser called Zach’s Run.
“The struggles that they’re going through, are ones I remember going through very vividly,” says Kelley. “I felt very compelled to help them make a difference not only in Zach’s life but to help show them that he has support from all of his community.”
If you can’t make Zach’s Run, but still wish to make a donation, you can do so by making a check out to:
TRI AROOSTOOK- Zach’s Run
P.O. Box 927
Presque Isle, ME 04769
The first swim wave of the youth triathlon is set to begin Sunday at 1pm… Zach’s Run will follow at 5pm.